Now here's an idea. Yum brands, with its expertise in running fast food chains (KFC, Taco Bell, etc.) has developed a Chinese fast food chain called "East Dawning". ANOTHER Chinese fast food chain, you say? Well, this one is in China, uses Chinese recipes and is apparently quite popular, from all accounts. Fast food chains, spawned from multiple branching, have a long and successful history in China (I'm a Qiaojiazha fan myself) but Yum hopes to bring what they've been lacking -- consistency among outlets. (And did someone say "clean bathrooms"?) If Yum could bring the concept to North America, with the Chinese recipes intact, it might have a socially redeeming value.
Gary Soup is a blogger, tweeter and sometimes poster to foodie web sites, usually blathering about Chinese food. He is a retired transport planner with an abiding interest in all aspects of Asian and other ethnic foods and their place in the world. He has twice been married to Shanghainese women who happened to be good cooks and consequently is well-grounded in Shanghainese "jia chang" cuisine. He is based in San Francisco, but spends as much time as he can in Shanghai and New York and can sometimes be seen prowling the streets of Montreal. He is the author of two articles on food in the guidebook "Urbanatomy: Shanghai" and has been a guest blogger for the Asian Art Museum on the food of Shanghai. He currently maintains two Blogger blogs, and posts a lot to flickr. Some earlier online efforts of Mr. Soup drift about the World Wide Web as cyberspace junk.